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'Taliban' takeover PU IBA: Book fair

'Taliban' takeover PU IBA
Lahore, Marach 01, 2008: The Punjab University (PU) Institute of Business Administration (IBA) students on Friday showed their inclination towards Taliban and their policies.

They pitched a camp and named it Taliban on the annual sports day. Their shirts also carried statements in favour of Taliban. They said Taliban were working for a 'great cause', but the world had not been able to understand the spirit behind their sacrifices.

They also arranged an airgun shooting competition for female students. During the shooting competition a student was also injured. Students also decorated their stalls with posters of guns and also kept a fundraising box for Taliban on the stall. A female student said Taliban were fighting for a 'great cause'. She said it was the need of the hour that students should know problems faced by the Muslim world.

Rizwan, a student, said, "Taliban are great warriors. We are raising funds for Taliban. Pakistanis think that Taliban are behind suicide bombings, but it is not true." Asim, a student, said, "We are not affiliated with any political or religious party, but we praise Taliban for their bravery." IBA Director Dr Ehsan Malik said, "I have no qualms if a group of students choose the word Taliban for their team."

PU Registrar Dr Naeem said no one was allowed to launch a campaign for Taliban. He said the Taliban camp was merely part of the sports day.

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"BHAKKAR- a gateway to Pakistan for Taliban. The people of BHAKKAR district have elected a chief minister of Punjab and a prime minister of Pakistan in different elections. Although a goup of local leaders sponcer the occasion and personally benefited by this gesture but basically the people of Bhakkar elected these leaders in hope of a better Bhakkar. It's requested to the President, prime minister of Pakistan and chief minister of Punjab to please consider upgrading Bhakkar as a divisional head quarter by appointing a commissioner to provide better governance, extra facilities and security in the area. There are news that religious violence and drug smuggling is increased in the area recently. Bhakkar is a gate way to the Punjab and Sind provinces for NWFP and Afghanistan. Bhakkar has been head quarters of divisional level organization of Thal Development Authority since 1952. TDA was abolish in 1971 on corruption charges against it's high officials. Bhakkar is also a border district to Dera Ismail Khan and a capital city of Thal desert area-spread in six districts in Punjab. Thanking you, Khwaja Aftab Shah,Florida, U.S.A."
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Book fair making a splash
Lahore: People from several cities visited the 23rd Lahore International Book Fair (LIBF) 2008 on its second day on Friday.

The five-day book fair is attracting people from all walks of life, especially school and college students. Younger children, who had come with their parents, were seen taking interest in storybooks. Besides students, teachers, businessmen, intellectuals also visited the fair in large numbers.

The LIBF is an effort to promote reading culture in the country. The annual fair by LIBF Trust and is considered the largest book fair in the city. Large publishing companies from across the globe participate in the event and present their new publications.

On the second day, Justice Khawaja Sharif was the special guest of the fair. He visited the fair in the evening with former Lahore Bar Association President Syed Muhammad Shah and other lawyers.

Sharif said that the LIBF was playing an effective role in promoting book reading culture. "Because of the Internet and TV, the reading culture is diminishing in the country, but the LIBF Trust will help revive the tradition of book reading," he said.

Shah said the book fair would raise awareness in society that books were still important to our lives. "It is very important that we hold such book fairs and present variety of books to the people to arouse their interest. The fair is a great opportunity for students and others that foreign publishers are present in the fair and their new publications can be seen," he said.

Samana Rizvi, a Punjab University student, said the book fair was a good effort of the LIBF Trust as there was a large number of books. "I wish publishers had offered more discounts so that we could buy more books," she said.

Mahwish Batool, another student, said she was happy because she had bought several books, but "I'm happier because of the fact that people are showing interest in buying books. It is a good sign that our nation is on a tract of excellence," she said, and added that there were fewer course books by local publishers.

RK Ahuja, an Indian visitor, said it was a wonderful event and wished that the organisers also take the fair to other cities of Pakistan. "Book fairs are very popular in India and such events are not restricted to larger cities," he said.

LIBF Trust Chairman Zubair Saeed said that the response of the people was good and the number of visitors was increasing. He said on Saturday (today) vice chancellors of public and private universities with their heads of departments would visit the fair. Daily Times

PU upgrades Mycology and Plant Pathology Dept
Lahore: The Punjab University has upgraded the Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology and granted it the status of an institute. Prof Dr Rukhsana Bajwa has been appointed its chairperson while notification No D/504/Acad, dated 20-02-2008 in this regard, has been issued. Presently, the institute is offering programmes of BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons) and PhD for which 200 students have been enrolled. The institute publishes a scientific journal 'Mycopath' regularly with a focus on latest agricultural research. The institute intends to launch new industry-related projects in near future.

Inter-varsity arts festival starts today
Lahore: A five day 2nd Inter-University Performing Arts Festival will kick off on Saturday (today). The success of 1st Inter-University Performing Arts (IUPAF) 2006 in which 12 public sector universities enthralled the audience by showing their highly applauded skills and spectacular performances encouraged the Punjab University College of Arts & Design (PUCAD) to come up with the 2nd IUPAF. The festival will start from 1st March to 5th March 2008. It is pertinent to mention here that PU chapter Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) had strongly opposed the PU administration in 2006 when the festival was organized for the first time.

PU declares MBBS, MIT results
The Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of MBBS (Reorganise Scheme), MBBS (New Reorganised Scheme) and Master of Information Technology. According to a press release issued on Friday, in MBBS 3rd professional, (Reorganized Scheme) Annual Examination 2007, 3 candidates appeared and one candidate (roll number 231) was declared successful. In MBBS, 3rd professional (New Reorganized Scheme) Annual Examination 2007, 234 candidates appeared and 165 were declared successful. In Master of Information Technology (MIT), first year, Second Annual Examination 2007, 32 candidates appeared and 22 were declared successful. Detailed results are available at website www.pu.edu.pk. The News
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